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that can be adopted in whole or in part to provide robust and
important protections to our profession and our work. It is an
accepted, recognizable and effective method of advocating for
legislation that members of Congress and their staff will identify
as useful support for legislation they may choose to draft or cosponsor. The Model Act provides legislators with a template to use
as they write legislation.
The session ended with an extended period for attendees to
respond to questions designed to help them think through the
presentations they would be making the next day, and practice, in
a safe arena, for questions and discussion they would face the next
day from legislators and their staff. The session yielded rich stories
and clear arguments for the support of our legislative advocacy,
and provided participants with confidence in their ability to present themselves as credible and helpful expects in the healthcare
legislative arena.
The second day began with an early morning gathering in which
Neil Neuberger provided another presentation, this time focusing
on how best to use our time and provided more detail about the
legislative and political environment on the Hill this week. The group
was also addressed by former White House healthcare policy advisor
and current policy strategist, Chris Jennings, and National Council
of State Boards of Nurse (NCSBN) Director of Government Affairs,
Elliot Vice. The session provided additional support and education
to the professional case manager attendees to prepare them to be
as effective as possible at their meetings with legislators and staff.
Jennings discussed the current environment on Capitol Hill along
with sage advice about how to address and effectively communicate
with legislators. He reviewed and discussed the current state of
national healthcare legislation, that is to say distressingly little progress, many bad feelings and frustrations. Chris explained that in the last
two days, two competing pieces of legislation had been introduced:
1. Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All, and 2. A bipartisan effort to
provide stabilization and re-insurance in the exchange markets.
He suggested that Sen. Sanders's legislation was unlikely to pass
but represented the pressure that both parties are facing from the
"base" to present strongly partisan legislation and rebuff bipartisan
efforts. He said the more moderate legislation aimed at stabilizing the exchanges and open insurance market may stand a better
chance of passage, but it has not been getting a lot of support or
airtime in the national media.
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In the end, Jennings recommended that we use our time on
the Hill to build relationships and promote our Case Management
Model Act as an entrée to relationship with legislators that we
can harness and use to promote specific amendments and efforts
when legislation does begin to move. His clear advice about how
to address and maximize our time with those we met was valuable
and helpful.
Elliot Vice talked to the group about the progress being made
with the Nurse Licensure Compact. The compact will allow nurses
to practice across state lines without getting a new license in each
state provided they reside in a compact state and practice in another
compact state. There is new compact language which addresses
concerns and objections from some states about the old language.
Because of the new language, all states are required to reintroduce
the compact legislation, and the new compact took effect in July
when the 26th state, North Carolina approved the compact language.
Elliot was pleased to share that five new states have join the compact
and several more are on the verge of passage later this year.
In addition to the state compact, Mr. Vice told the group about
actions underway at the VA to promote cross-state practice within
the auspices of the VA. There are several developments in this area,
which Vice characterized a very positive for the promotion and
expansion of the nurse licensure compact.
We wrapped up the morning with a final organization of our state
groups, pairing experienced Hill Day participants with first timers,
and set off across the Hill to our appointments. Throughout the day,
participants crossed paths in the halls of Congress and shared brief
updates with each other. Our response was overwhelmingly positive
and productive. We found, as predicted, most legislators and their
aides acknowledged that there was not much legislation for us to
currently promote, but most were open and welcoming to the roll
we play and the importance or the work case managers do. They
were receptive and pleased to have us as allies and resources and
welcomed our continued dialogue.
In the coming weeks and months, the CMSA National Public Policy
Committee will monitor national and state legislation and develop
programs and strategies to best promote and protect our profession.
We will call on the membership to help us with phone calls, emails
and letters to legislators when important issues are identified. ■
Eric Bergman, RN, CCM, is Vice Chair of the CMSA Public
Policy Committee.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CMSA Today - Issue 7, 2017

President's Letter
Association News
CMSA Corporate Partners
Care Transitions: Remember the Basics
Leveraging Family Caregivers, Clinical Protocols and Technology to Improve Person-Centered Care
Development and Implementation of Relational Building in the Virtual Work Environment
Patient and Provider Satisfaction
The Case Management Model Act: Professional Case Managers Transforming Health Care
Index of Advertisers
CMSA Today - Issue 7, 2017 - Intro
CMSA Today - Issue 7, 2017 - cover1
CMSA Today - Issue 7, 2017 - cover2
CMSA Today - Issue 7, 2017 - 3
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CMSA Today - Issue 7, 2017 - President's Letter
CMSA Today - Issue 7, 2017 - 7
CMSA Today - Issue 7, 2017 - Association News
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CMSA Today - Issue 7, 2017 - CMSA Corporate Partners
CMSA Today - Issue 7, 2017 - 11
CMSA Today - Issue 7, 2017 - Care Transitions: Remember the Basics
CMSA Today - Issue 7, 2017 - 13
CMSA Today - Issue 7, 2017 - 14
CMSA Today - Issue 7, 2017 - Leveraging Family Caregivers, Clinical Protocols and Technology to Improve Person-Centered Care
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CMSA Today - Issue 7, 2017 - 17
CMSA Today - Issue 7, 2017 - Development and Implementation of Relational Building in the Virtual Work Environment
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CMSA Today - Issue 7, 2017 - Patient and Provider Satisfaction
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CMSA Today - Issue 7, 2017 - The Case Management Model Act: Professional Case Managers Transforming Health Care
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